Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The science of history

I frequently delve into the history of science but what about the science of history? If the thought processes of current world leaders occasionally appear unclear, then how do we correctly interpret the thinking and actions of Charlemagne, Theodoric, Julius Caesar et al? The natural world seems to play by, albeit at times somewhat complex, but generally fathomable rules; human based activities less so. If history really does repeat itself then we should probably pay attention.

Next time you meet an historian give them a sympathetic hug, they need and deserve it.

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